Gordon Charles WebbAttorney
Toll Free: 877.800.1007
225 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Gordon Charles Webb is recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the top 100 Litigation lawyers in the State of Washington. He is also one of the principal founding members of Seattle Maritime Attorneys and Webb Law Firm, a specialized firm with Washington offices located at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle and Bellevue, and associate offices in Miami, Florida. Gordon is licensed to practice in both State and Federal Courts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been admitted to practice in Alaska, California and other courts pro hac vice. He holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law from Tulane University Law School, where he was Tulane Maritime Law Journal member. He has represented hundreds of clients in maritime personal injury claims, wage claims, auto accident injury claims, contract disputes, product injury claims and other matters involving litigation, trials, arbitration and mediation of cases arising in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, the East Coast, the West Indies and the U.S. and British Islands and other interesting venues around the world.
Gordon was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in the greater Puget Sound region where he played amateur ice hockey, and built and raced small hydroplanes around the country. In 1976, he was the youngest A-Stock Hydroplane driver to complete the 26 mile marathon Sammamish Slough Race. In 1977, Webb piloted a pickle-fork hydroplane designed and built by Ed Karelsen (the MISS BARDAHL 1967, the MISS BUDWEISER 1968, and the NOTRE DAME of 1969) in the Green Lake Summer Regatta. Following a severe collision in the first turn that destroyed the entire left side of his race boat, Webb was able to continue driving and cross the finish line in third place before it sank. (See AVVO Site photos). Following high school Webb learned to fly single engine aircraft and worked as a commercial tuna fisherman. After returning to Seattle he studied at the renowned Gomper's School of Boat Building and Design before launching Frontier Boat Corporation, where he directed the design and manufacturing of fishing boats for the Alaskan commercial fishing industry. After selling the company to a Danish corporation, Gordon decided to go to law school and study maritime law.
Graduating from Tulane University Law School in 1993 with a Master's Degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Gordon hired on at the largest maritime-only law firm in the Pacific Northwest . Gordon's entrepreneurial spirit got the best of him, and two-and-half years later he founded Seattle Maritime Attorneys and Webb Law Firm where he represents people in maritime claims, personal injury, wage claims, marine contract disputes, auto accident claims and other matters involving litigation, trials, and mediation of cases arising in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Maine, Florida, the US and British Virgin Islands and other interesting venues around the world.
L.L.M., Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993
Major: Admiralty & Maritime Law
Law Review: Tulane Maritime Law Review
J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho, 1992
B.A., Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1987
Major: Political Science
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1998
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member Since: 1993
Washington State Bar Association
Member Since: 1993
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 1995
Florida State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2001
Seattle King County Bar Association
Member Since: 1995
- Gloria K. Owen, Et. Al., v. Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 AMC 2828. - $2.25 million award for plaintiffs in federal court collective action lawsuit for overtime wages under the FLSA on behalf of employee crewmembers of Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc.
- Geneva McCarthy v. F/T SEAFREEZE ALASKA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20375; 2004 AMC 2107. - On July 5, 2000, the seaman was injured on board a ship. On September 19, 2001, an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed her with a herniated nucleus pulposus with chronic neck, right shoulder, and arm pain. The seaman's treating physician opined that her cervical disk herniation was related to the seaman's injury. Between September 19, 2001, and April 30, 2003, the corporations paid for the costs for the seaman's treatment, but the seaman's requests for maintenance were denied. The defendant corporations asserted that the seaman injured her back in an earlier car crash. A second surgeon hired by defendants concluded that it was not possible to state that her symptoms were attributable to the on-board injury. The court held that there was no fact issue that precluded a declaration of liability for maintenance. The second surgeon's failure to make a statement as to causation did not create a factual dispute. If the corporations truly believed that the seaman's symptoms after September 19, 2001, were not their responsibility, they presumably would have refused to pay cure. The seaman was entitled to attorney's fees because they ignored the seaman's request for maintenance for over a year without explanation. Following the decision, the case settled out of court for confidential six figure award.
- Ocean Resources Inc. v. Bank of America and Seafirst National Bank et al., King County Superior Court Case No. 98-2-12670-1-SEA. - $2.3 million award for plaintiff arising out breach of vessel sale contract litigation.
- Estate of Wilkison v. Mastec North America and Global Crossings Inc. Snohomish County Superior Court. Everett, Washington. Largest wrongful death six figure settlement in Washington state for the death of 87 year old male. Confidential.
- Van Valkenberg v. Puget Sound Inflatables, 2002 A.M.C. 2673 (W.D. Wash. 2002). - Enhanced Injury (“crashworthiness”) Doctrine adopted into the general maritime law.
Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2003 - 2004
The Canadian Consulate General - Certificate of Merit Pro Bono Publico, 1993
Bauer Moynihan & Johnson, Associate, 1993 - 1995
Irwin Myklebust & Savage, 1991 - 1992
Washington State Attorney General - Consumer Protection Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1987
City of Seattle Law Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1986 - 1987
Seattle King County Public Defenders Association, Investigator, 1986